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Guest Post: 5 mini reviews

Guest Post : Emily Meade

Last year I wrote a mini-review of every book I read. To give you plenty of books to add to your TBR, here are my mini-reviews of books 26 – 30!

Cover of Clancy of the UndertowCover to the secret science of magicCover of the book "Labyrinth Lost"

26. Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie

I was really excited for this one, because it’s an Aussie f/f book (which we definitely don’t have enough of!). Unfortunately, I wasn’t really a fan of the f/f rep and it makes me so sad that we can’t seem to have any happy f/f books.

  1. Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

This book is so good and so underrated! It features a friendship between Otis and tough-as-nails Dara, who lost an arm in a shark attack, and who has made it her mission in life to coach Otis to be an Olympic swimmer. There is also a childhood-sweetheart storyline and I JUST LOVED IT.

  1. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Haunting. Enchanting. Sensuous. Magical. These are all words I’d use to describe Wintersong, which is kind of a retelling of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market mixed with Labyrinth mixed with something entirely its own. From Goblin kings to beautiful music, this book has everything.

  1. The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

You know what this book has? SCIENCE. You know what else it has? MAGIC. Switching between Joshua and Sophia’s POVs (magician and science geeks respectively), this is a really cute story featuring social anxiety and figuring out what to do with your life.

  1. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

This is a really great book, and it’s kind of like a Latin American Alice in Wonderland. There are brujas and magical lands and an f/f relationship, and though I didn’t LOVE it, there should definitely be more books like this in the world.


I’m Emily Mead.a 21-year-old Aussie YA writer, PR student and amateur French learner. Bookstagram: @emilyjmead i